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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

From the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) comes word of a device that will locate and track your luggage. The small, credit card-sized device called TrakDot (manufactured by GlobaTrac) is packed with your luggage and will alert you as to it's location, especially if you're in Bangor and your luggage is in Bangkok. The device uses cellular triangulation rather than GPS and will even send you an SMS when it hits the luggage carosel. Another battery saver is the fact that when you fly, the device "goes to sleep" according to TrakDot, and "wakes up" when you land. The device is relatively inexpensive at $50, plus $8.99 for activation and a $12.99 yearly fee.

- Engadget 

by Joe Francica on 01/08 at 10:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Most readers know Pictometry, the company that provides oblique imagery with enough detail and tools to be used for measuerement. It did very well in the public sector in past years via many homeland security and other grants. I've not heard of EagleView, but here's its description of itself:

Since its inception in 2008, EagleView Technologies has become the leading provider of automated 3D measurement technologies serving the insurance and construction industries.  With millions of measurement reports produced, customers rely upon EagleView’s patented technology and methods to provide scalable, efficient and highly accurate 3D measurements.  The company’s product portfolio also includes related offerings such as EagleView Estimator, a simple, intuitive and powerful solution providing project estimates/bill of material and sales proposal capabilities to the construction industry, and the UnderWriter™Report, a risk management solution which integrates key parcel and property-centric data with measurement technologies for insurance carriers.  For more information contact EagleView Technologies at (866) 659-8439 or visit us at eagleview.com.

So, it's a young company more geared to insurance and construction, both "hot" with recent storms and the returning growth in the building arean as the economy turns. It got its start in automated roof measurement and modelling (with birdhouses as pilot projects!). The transaction closed yesterday and it's unclear what the new name will be; I'm guessing Pictometry. That said, Chris Barrow, EagleView’s chief executive officer, will lead the merged management team and Pictometry’s chief executive officer, Rick Hurwitz, will leave. The company will have two main offices, EagleView's in Bothell, Wash. and PIctometry's homebase of Rochester, NY as well as regional offices. Pictometry has 300 employees with about 200 at headquarters.

- press release

- Rochester Biz Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 05:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Esri has shared videos, handouts and demos from various locations from its 2012 ArcGIS 10.1 roadshow titled Transform Your Organization. You can even get a PDF of the certificate of attendence. Slide decks are provided in PDF, too. The one I downloaded was 34 Mb.

Suggestion: I'd like to see more metadata about what some of these things are. I had to download the PDF under Presentation to learn it was a a file of slides. I'd also like to know the size of the file. It's also confusing that some videos are labeled [video] but other content, demos, that are also videos, but not labeled. I think videos have people in them and non-videos are just what's on the screen with audio.

- ArcGIS 10.1: Transform Your Organization

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 04:24 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

John Taylor, a doctoral candidate working with crop sciences researcher Sarah Taylor Lovell [at the University of Illionois], was skeptical about the lists of urban gardens provided to him by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs)....

Using these indicators and Google Earth images, he examined the documented sites. Of the 1,236 "community gardens," only 160, or 13 percent, were actually producing food.

The false positives were planter boxes or landscaping.

- press release

Penn State's first geodesign course begins in March. It's LARCH 597A - Geodesign History, Theory, Principles runs eight weeks, online.

- more info coming to geodesign.psu.edu via @Geodesign_PSU

New @UWMadison campus map launched today http://map.wisc.edu/  ; linework updates are committed to @openstreetmap & served using@LeafletJS

It wants to locate your position when you visit. More imporantly offers navigation and information on accessibility - including slopes! Sweet.

@RobertERoth

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 03:59 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I'd not heard of open source EpiCollect developed at Imperial College London:

EpiCollect is a generic data collection tool that allows you to collect and submit geotagged data forms (along with photos) to a central project website (hosted using Googles AppEngine) from suitable mobile phones (Android or iPhone). For example, questionnaires, surveys etc. All data synchronised (ie a copy sent from the phone) from multiple phones can then be viewed / charted / filtered at the project website using Google Maps / Earth or downloaded. 

Furthermore, data can be requested and viewed/filtered from the project website directly on your phone using Google Maps.

It's beeing used by Danielle Garneau, an assistant professor of environmental science at Plattsburgh State University of New York, and her students and students to map road kill (and live wildlife sighting) in the northeast. Her implementation is  RoadkillGarneau. I suspect EpiCollect is being over shadowed by Ushahidi/CrowdMap. 
 
 
Crowdsourcing tools to combat violence against women is the title of a roundup of tools to map vlolence toward women around the globe. Among the tools are Ushahidi and Google Maps for display and good old SMS for data collection.
 
 
Clackamas County, Oregon has an updated mapping app - and it's open source.
"While we have had CMap around for a long time, this new version really shows what our team of programmers can do with Open Source technologies,” said Dave Cummings, Clackamas County Chief Information Officer. “Using Open Source really provided the county some significant cost savings.”
by Adena Schutzberg on 01/08 at 03:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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